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Helping Children Change their Brains

posted Mar 7, 2012, 4:30 PM by Rick Colo   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 4:40 PM ]

I just reviewed Dr. Kirtley Thornton PowerPoint presentation on his Web site (http://www.chp-neurotherapy.com/lecture.html) for children with ADHD, traumatic brain injury, reading problems and many other issues. The thrust of the work is that you can identify brain waves of successful students and change the brain waves of unsuccessful students to match through quantitative EEG feedback.

Here is my very simple summary of the PowerPoint. Please go to the actual Web site for more information and let me know what you think. The file below shows the pictures with each of the summary items below:  

  1. The results seem amazing and the effect size is much stronger than other interventions I’m familiar with such as charter schools, class size, tutoring, Sylvan Learning, Lindamood Bell, direct instruction, teaching reading comprehension, and mnenomic strategies for learning. In fact the effect size is almost twice the next nearest intervention.
  2. They put electrodes on standard parts of the brain. The red dots are where they put the probes
  3. They evaluate brain waves of at each of the electrode locations of normal students.
  4. They measure the brain waves of a student who is not performing well.
  5. They have the student go through 20-60 sessions of watching a video game (where their brain is rewarded when it gradually changes to the match the brain waves of the successful students.
  6. They have documented improvement in memory (improving reading and math) as well as showing decreases in impulsivity, aggression, inattention, and oppositional behavior.
Rick Colo,
Mar 7, 2012, 4:36 PM